Drake Men’s Soccer Captures 2015 MVC Tournament With 1-0 Win Over SIUE

first_imgNext Game: at Kentucky 11/19/2015 – 6:00 p.m. EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Drake redshirt freshman Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) of the men’s soccer team scored his first career goal on a long shot into the far post of the goal in the 78th minute for the match’s only goal as the Bulldogs earned a 1-0 victory against host SIUE in the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship match Sunday afternoon at Ralph Korte Stadium.Sunday’s win capped an amazing week for Drake (12-4-3), who as the No. 3 seed, won three matches in five days as the Bulldogs captured their second-ever MVC tournament title (2009). SIUE (12-4-2) was the 2015 MVC regular season champion and the defending 2014 MVC tournament winner.Drake earned the league’s automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament with the tournament win. The Bulldogs will learn their opponent during the Division I Men’s Soccer Selection Announcement on Monday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m. (CST), on NCAA.com. Drake has been to two NCAA Tournaments in school history (2008, 2009).”An exceptional performance from our squad over the course of the season and tournament,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “It’s always great to see the hard work on the training field pay off and show up in key games. We had the toughest road to the championship and the team showed tremendous character. Great teams find a way to win regardless of the obstacles such as injuries and three consecutive games and that is what these young men have done.”Ciszewski stepped in for a pair of junior All-MVC midfielders in Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.) and Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), who suffered injuries in Sunday’s game and Friday’s game against Bradley, respectively. Ciszewski followed through with his biggest career shot, blasting a ball from 35 yards out that found the back of the net as SIUE goalie Kyle Dal Santo couldn’t get to it in time as the Bulldogs then held off a charge from the Cougars in the games final minutes.”There are so many pleasing aspects to winning the championship, Smith said. “We have seniors (Alec Bartlett, Kyle Whigham, Alex Troester, Austin Reutzel) leading us through difficult moments and standing up to be counted. We had freshmen such as Nic Jaimes and Ryan Merideth leading at the front end of the field. And then you have Paul showing up with a spectacular 25 half volley to win the title. This championship is a testimony to the depth of our squad, the strength of our team dynamic, and the deep belief and desire to expect nothing but the best from themselves and one another. We turn our attention to the tournament to continue the journey.”Check back to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com Monday for information on Drake’s game in the NCAA Tournament. The match will take place Thursday night against an opponent and at a location to be announced during the selection show Monday. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Full Schedule Roster last_img

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